Russell Lupine (Lupinus regalis)

Common names:
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Also sold as:
'Russell Hybrids'
Lupinus polyphyllus
Lupinus x russellii

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2ft - 3ft
Plant Spread: 2ft
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Mauve
Orange
Pink
Purple
Red
Yellow
Bi-Color
Multi-Color
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 0.2 inch
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Will not come true from seed
Other info: It is not coming true from seed, but it still gives new plants with beautifull colors. Every year it's a new surprise to see what color you get.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Parentage: Lupinus arboreus x L. polyphyllus

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Location: ILDate: 2009-05-27
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Location: Chuelles, FranceDate: May
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Location: Mittenwald, GermanyDate: 2003-05-31
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Location: Lincolnshire, England, UKDate: Jun 3, 2010 4:49 AMRussell Lupins grown from seed in a nursery row and transplanted
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2013-06-20
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Location: Garden has been eliminated. It was part of the front lawn.Date: 2012-12-08Same bloom time as many azaleas.
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Location: Lincolnshire, England, UKDate: May 16, 2011 Lupins and Alliums in an English Garden
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-30
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Location: Master bedroom garden.Date: 2005-0607Growing well with sunshine until 3 PM.
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Location: Master bedroom garden that became a JI garden.Date: 2005-0607Lupine in the background also.
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Location: Belmont Iris garden - full sunDate: 2015-0529Kissing lupine!
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Date: 2019-01-09
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Date: 2019-01-09
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Location: Lincolnshire, England, UKDate: May 16, 2011 Groupof Russel Hybrids, the yellow in front is a self sown seedli
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-21
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-21
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Location: MississaugaDate: 2012-05-28
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Date: 2014-07-07
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Location: Work areaDate: 2011-0727Roots being packaged for a trade to someone in Georgia. None grew
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Location: Harper fence, morning sunDate: 2010-0524Growing well with only morning sun.
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Location: Terrace.Date: 2014-05-17Seedling emerged from between the bricks. It wasn't difficult to
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
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Location: My Cincinnati, Ohio gardenDate: Spring 2006Taproot on a small seedling
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-21
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-06
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Location: Terrace garden right sideDate: 2014-07-30Farthest back. Blooming with tall bearded irises and allium Purpl
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Location: Fireplace garden, middle.Date: 2013-0602Blooming well at the same time as clematis and light blue geraniu
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Location: Obelisk garden, full sunDate: 2014-07-14
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Location: Harper fence, morning sunDate: 2010-0524Garden setting
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Location: Terrace garden left side.Date: 2013-0615Showing each portion of the bloom and how it grows (and dries) on
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Location: Work areaDate: 2006-0428Lupine sprouting in spring from chipping done, for compost, the p
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Location: Work areaDate: 2009-0719It is easiest to wait until the pods turn dark and crack to extra
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Location: Work areaDate: 2011-0425I did plant them all.
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Location: Work areaDate: 2011-0713Showing various stages of seeds ripening as well as the green, un
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Location: Terrace garden right sideDate: 2014-0623Not yet ripe. When ripe they turn black. If allowed to remain the
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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Jun 17, 2016 12:44 PM

The Russell Lupin, a horticultural hybrid (Lupinus arboreus x L. polyphyllus) was bred by George Russell in the early 20th century. These “Russell Hybrids” are noted for having denser flower spikes and a wider color palette than Big-Leaf Lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus) adding reds, yellows and orange to the usual blues, purples, pinks and white.

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Posted by okus (Lincolnshire, UK) on Sep 22, 2011 4:08 PM

Very easy to grow from seed, and they self seed freely, they flower the year after planting. Plants have a deep taproot so care is needed when transplanting if they are raised in a nursery bed.

If the first flush of flowers are dead headed as they go over, the plants will produce a second and sometimes a third flush of blooms.

They thrive in light, dry, poor, and stoney soils and are an impressive early summer display.

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